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Hernia Question

BABS37

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My physician was going in to do a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. When he gets in, he sees an umbilical hernia. " the omentum was reduced with counter traction and electrocautery- gallbladder was then removed- the the umbilical fascia was closed in figure of eight sutures. " Can I code for the umbilical hernia or is it considered incidental since it had to be repaired in order to do the cholecystectomy to begin with?
 

Grintwig

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I personally would consider it incidental. It was included in the "approach" and therefore is considered part of the procedure.
In my opinion that is.
 
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